Artist Feature: Akino Kondoh

Akino Kondoh is a Japanese artist who creates haunting and dream-like illustrations and animation. Kondoh uses a combination of oil paint, graphite, and watercolor, opting for a subdued color palette and minimalist composition.

Her work primarily explores themes like childhood, memory, and nature, attempting to recreate the "'enigmatic, nostalgic, and disturbing feeling[s],'" similar to deja vu, that we sometimes experience. Kondoh's muse is a little girl with bobbed hair, usually situated in otherworldly settings.

She is sometimes accompanied by her own reflection or a ghostly sister figure.

Visit Kondoh's website to view more of her work:

You can watch her short animation (which consists of nearly 3,000 single drawings!) below.